The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack at the Capitol has claimed it has evidence that former President Donald Trump violated laws to overturn the election.
The committee states Trump and his campaign tried to illegally obstruct Congress’ counting of electoral votes. According to Politico, the major release of findings were filed in federal court late Wednesday.
The committee suggested that the evidence shows the former president was “engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States.” The filing, which was submitted in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, states, “The Select Committee also has a good-faith basis for concluding the President and members of his Campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the United States.”
The committee has stated that from their findings it is clear that top aides and the former Vice President Mike Pence informed Trump that he lost the election. However, Trump rejected their statements and continued to tell the American public the election was stolen. He also pushed top advisors to strategize how to overturn the election results.
The committee has brought forward testimonies received from key figures, including Jason Miller, Ben Williamson, Keith Kellog, Greg Jacob, and Marc Short. Other documents include part of Trump’s private January 6th schedule, which was released to the committee by the National Archives.
In order to prove Trump committed felony obstruction, investigators will have to show he “corruptly” sought to block an official proceeding. This will be complex, but may press the Justice Department to weigh in.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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